Being Grateful

100 KB Swings after 105 Pullups and 70 Split Cleans. My forearms hate me!

I know it’s not Thanksgiving or any other special day, but today, for whatever reason, I was feeling very grateful.  First off, I woke up, and my wonderful girlfriend Elisabeth and I went to Starbucks and got coffee together.  It may sound weird, but I was very grateful for this little moment.   After saying goodbye to her it was off to CSUMB for class.  As I drove down Highway 1, I again was caught up in the moment.  I had Pandora playing, and as I drove by Moss Landing I couldn’t help but feel very grateful for the beautiful place I live.  The ocean looked amazing.  In class, I felt grateful that my professors were so enthusiastic with the material they were teaching.  I felt grateful that my parents paid for me to go to school and get my education.  After I got back from class I had about an hour before the gym, so I decided to take a quick nap.  Again, I felt extremely grateful that I had a comfy bed and pillow to lay down on.  Then it was gym time.  I always have a feeling of excitement every day I hit the gym.  The community at CrossFit West is second to none.  I warmed up and began to snatch with Austin.  We both worked up to a 2RM in the power snatch.  Even though we failed on our last set, it was OK.  I was just grateful to be in the moment with my buddy throwing some weight around.  As I sat down after a quick WOD, I looked around the gym and saw all the fit members lifting and bettering themselves.  People were chatting and lifting, cheering each other on, congratulating each other on a job well done.  It was awesome to see.  I then did a WOD with Tyson.  It was really grip intensive.  The kicker was 100 70# KB Swings at the end.  Even as I was suffering through it, down to sets of 3 and 4 towards the end, I felt grateful.  People were cheering me on and pushing me to the end.  I couldn’t have done it without the help of you guys (Ellie, Leah, Anna, Miranda, and of course HC) and the rest of the gym.  When I finished, instead of feeling defeated that I had just gotten smoked, I felt grateful for the opportunity to be working out at such an awesome gym with a bunch of awesome individuals.  It really made my day.  As I write this, I can’t help but be grateful for the eggs and bacon I am about to make right after I post this!  I know I am rambling here and you pretty much got the play-by-play of my entire day, but I’d like to ask everyone, what are you grateful/thankful for?


Hang Squat Snatch 1RM

AMRAP in 12 minutes

2 Muscle Ups (sub 4 pullups/4 dips)

4 Deadlifts 225/155# (275/185# for stronger people)

8 Jumping Squats

200m Run